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Media invitation: EliteForsk award ceremony 2012

Representatives of the media are invited to the annual EliteForsk award ceremony where H.R.H. Prince Joachim and Higher Education Minister Morten Østergaard will present the awards to five of Denmark’s most talented researchers.

Jan 26, 2012

The event takes place:

Thursday 9 February 2012 12:30 – 16:15
in the Festsalen of Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Dantes Plads 7, 1556 Copenhagen V

Each EliteForsk award is in the amount of DKK 1.2 million, of which DKK 200,000 is a personal honorary award.

In addition to the five EliteForsk awards, the Higher Education Ministry will also be awarding 17 EliteForsk travel scholarships to talented young PhD students, while the Danish Council for Independent Research will be awarding the Sapere Aude grants to some of the brightest Danish and international research talents. The Sapere Aude grants are awarded in two categories: to research leaders and to elite young researchers. Finally, the Danish National Research Foundation will honour 11 new leaders of centers of excellence.

Peter Agre, Nobel Prize recipient in chemistry and associate of Johns Hopkins University in the US will be attending and speaking about his career and achieving distinguished research results.

A former EliteForsk recipient, Prof. Marie-Louise Bech Nosch will later give a speech and the Danish National Girls Choir will provide entertainment throughout the conference.

Deadline for registration is 3 February 2012 at noon. Please provide your name and media organisation details to press and communications consultant Steen Bruun Jensen, email: sbj@fi.dk.

H.R.H. Prince Joachim will arrive at 12:55. Media representatives are asked to be present no later than 12:45.

About the awards

Higher Education Ministry's EliteForsk award

Five awards of DKK 1.2 million kroner each will be handed out this year. DKK 200,000 is a personal award and DKK 1 million is to be used for research activities. Universities, research institutions and private companies with research activities were able to nominate candidates for the EliteForsk award. All nominations were examined by the board of the Danish Council for Independent Research, which selected and nominated the five award winners to the higher education minister.

The Higher Education Ministry's EliteForsk travel scholarships

The EliteForsk travel scholarships are worth DKK 300,000 and will contribute to providing very talented PhD students with long-term study visits to the best research environments in the world. Universities and other PhD-awarding institutions were able to nominate a set number of candidates for the travel scholarships. The institutions' nominations were examined by the board of the Danish Council for Independent Research, which selected and nominated the scholarship recipients to the higher education minister.

The Danish Council for Independent Research's Sapere Aude grants

Sapere Aude is a career programme for talented researchers. The programme aims to develop opportunities for the brightest researchers nationally and internationally and create career paths sot that the research field can retain the most talented young researchers.

Both Danish and foreign citizens can apply for the grants but the projects are evaluated on the basis of their benefit to Danish research. The grants are awarded in three categories to elite young researchers, to research leaders and to top researchers.


For further information please contact:

Press and communication consultant Steen Bruun Jensen, tel: +45 4132 6030 or email: sbj@fi.dk.

last modified Feb 10, 2013